Nikshay Poshan Yojana Explained | Benefits and Progress

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Nikshay Poshan Yojana (NPY) was launched with effect from 01.04.2018 by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) as a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for nutritional support to tuberculosis patients.

Nikshay Poshan Yojana

Benefit of Nikshay Poshan Yojana

  • The Nikshay Poshan Yojana provides 500 INR monthly to all TB notified TB patients in order to provide nutritional support and aid in the treatment of TB.
  • Tribal patient travel support, wherein 750 rupees is being provided to all TB patients in tribal notified blocks towards travel support is an on-going scheme since the twelfth plan.

Measures under Nikshay Poshan Yojana

The Government has taken various measures to expedite the progress under the schemes such as:

  • The Ministry has provided detailed guidance to the State/Union Territories (UTs) on how DBT is to be operationalized. State/UTs have been given different payment options as per their convenience for either making payment directly through Public Financial Management System (PFMS) or through the Nikshay PFMS interface
  • Flexibility of providing the benefit through existing bank account of a blood relative has also been given. States have also been advised to facilitate opening of zero balance accounts for TB patients, if necessary, under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and Indian Postal Bank.
  • Communication campaign aimed at raising levels of awareness, reduction of stigma among community both through mass and mid media.
  • Strategies like active case finding and contact tracing to create awareness and early diagnosis.
  • Early diagnosis of all the TB patients, prompt treatment with quality assured drugs and treatment regimens along with suitable patient support systems to promote adherence.

Progress of Nikshay Poshan Yojana

As on 1st January 2019, out of 20.94 lakhs eligible beneficiaries, 8.78 lakh (42%) beneficiaries have received the benefit under the scheme.

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